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Our first wheel chair was kind of a basket case, donated by the son (who is also in a wheel chair) of a World War II Bronze Star Winner named Jewel Larsen. The chair was Jewels and was in pretty rough shape. Jewel's wish was that the chair be used in some way to help a Vet.  After receiving the chair from son Lynn Larsen. We contacted Brett Waters or DeeRay's Autobody and Restoration in Shelley, ID. We worked with Brett to design the chair for a specific Vietnam Veteran living in the Pocatello, Idaho Veterans Home. Patrick is a Vietnam Vet and former Navy Seal. The right side of his body is paralyzed, along with other mobility problems.

After replacing the controller, and installing new batteries, the chair was delivered to DeeRay's Autobody, where Brett and his sons dissembled and cleaned the chair, repairing any mechanical problems. The chair was then painted in a computer color matched "Huey Green" and Black. New tires were installed and a complety remanufactured black leatherette and memory foam seat and armrests were installed. Two period and armory correct M16 rounds were emptied of powder, de primed and mounted on the back wheel pivot points. Decals and the VVA logo were created by Sign Arts in Idaho Falls and installed on the fenders in military jeep style.

The chair was delivered to The Pocatello Veterans Home on 6 November 2014. With a ceremony pictured below the chair was given to Patrick by the representatives of the chapter, and Brett Waters. Staff at the home say Patrick has never been happier.



Patrick (aka "River Rat" Speeds of down the hall in his new ride!


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